Summer events

The Museum lift will be unavailable to use until the end of August.
We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause, the lift is undergoing essential maintenance and improvements during this time.

hand with fossilAsk an expert and feel a fossil
Saturday 6th August 10.00-12.30
Free family drop in

Bring along your geological specimens – rocks, minerals and fossils and our experts from the Sedgwick Museum will help you identify them.

Nothing to identify? Then test your own knowledge and get your hands on some specimens from the museum’s handling collection.

The adventures of Colonel CarrotColonel Carrot
Wednesday 10th August 10.30-12.00
Free event, age 3-7 yrs
Booking essential, opens 21st July
Eventbrite - The Adventures of Colonel Carrot

Hear about the adventures of Colonel Carrot and his vegetable knights. Storyteller Marion Leeper tells adventure stories inspired by the drawings of Charles Darwin’s children.

Dino Droppings
Saturday 13th August 11.00-12.00 & 13.00-14.00
Watson Gallery, entry under the main Museum steps
Free event, age 5+ yrs
Booking essential, two sessions, booking opens 21st July

Eventbrite - Dino Droppings
Ever wondered what dinosaurs ate? How can we find out?

For most people, the idea of finding old poo is disgusting. And the idea of dissecting it and sorting through it is even worse! But this is exactly what some palaeontologists (people who study fossils) do. Poos are called ‘coprolites’ by palaeontologists and they can provide loads of evidence to help us understand what dinosaurs ate.

Come and excavate a salt dough ‘coprolite’ and see if you can identify what your dinosaur ate. Please be aware that the 'coprolites' are made with wheat flour.

Don't forget to check out whats on at the other University of Cambridge Museums over the summer.
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Monday to Friday
10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 17:00

10:00 to 16:00 



One of the questions most frequently asked by visitors to the Sedgwick Museum is what exactly are fossils and how do they form? This question also fascinated Agostino Scilla (1629-1700); an artist who lived in the Sicilian town of Messina during the 1600s. Scilla attempted to answer this question in his book La vana speculazione disingannata dal senso (Vain Speculation Undeceived by Sense), published in Naples in 1670.

Visitors can now get up close and personal with one of the Sedgwick Museum’s most spectacular objects, our Tyrannosaurus rex skull cast.